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Mar 7, 2013 5:30pm PST
, of all things. the law makes it easier to prosecute domestic violence crimes in federal court, provides funding for services, including battered women's shelters and hotlines. during today's ceremony, the president said, quote, all women have the right to live free from fear. >>> this ongoing debate over abortion is making news again tonight. the effort by some states to reduce access to abortion has just reached a new level with arkansas passing what is now the nation's toughest law, restricting access to abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy. nbc's pete williams reports tonight on this latest strategy by abortion opponents. >> reporter: abortion rights groups say they're already preparing their legal challenge to the new arkansas law, now by far the strictest in the nation. >> this law is reflective of what the people in arkansas believe. and that's what we're here for. >> reporter: enacted over the veto of the state's democratic governor, mike beebe, it restricts access after 12 weeks of pregnancy when roughly 12% of the state's abortions are performed. the sponsor of the law says 12
Mar 1, 2013 5:30pm PST
to uphold or strike down the voting rights act of 1965. it's the most important civil rights law of the modern era, which is why the words you're about to hear may live on forever. our report from our justice correspondent, pete williams. >> reporter: just look, the court's liberal member said, at where most voter discrimination lawsuits come from, areas in 16 states covered by the law. >> you can say maybe this district shouldn't be covered, maybe this one should be covered. the formula seems to be working pretty well in terms of going after the actual violations on the ground and who is committing them. >> and why would we vote in favor of a county whose record is the epitome of what caused the passage of this law to start with. >> reporter: but the court's conservatives told solicitor general don verrilli that congress didn't look at the most up to date evidence when it last renewed the law in 2006. >> do you know which state has the worst ratio of white voter turnout to african-american voter turnout? >> i do not. >> massachusetts. >> do you know what has the best, where afri
Mar 2, 2013 5:30pm PST
happened to the house? >> um, the bedroom floor just collapsed and my brother-in-law is in there. he's underneath the house. >> reporter: sinkholes are relatively common in florida due to the state's unique limestone bedrock. as rain water filters into the ground it can erode the rock and cause a collapse. investigators say this hole could have been building for years. neighbors wonder if their homes are in jeopardy. >> just rips my heart out that people that i've lived next door to for 21 years had to leave and just -- they have a lot of memories also. >> reporter: just a few moments ago the family of the victim gathered behind me to pay their respects. authorities were able to put microphones and a small camera near the entrance of the home. they found no signs of life, lester. >> heart breaking story. gabe gutierrez in florida tonight. thank you. >>> there is another concern for folks in florida this evening. two large brush fires prompted evacuation orders for people in 300 homes near orman beach in central florida on the atlantic coast. the fires cover a thousand acres and are b
Mar 4, 2013 5:30pm PST
in the union has what are called good samaritan laws. they allow people to help in a medical emergency without fear of legal jeopardy. >> today lorraine bayliss' daughter, a nurse herself, released this statement. i don't believe if cpr were done it would have helped or changed this the result. this is not about my mother or me. this is about the policy. i agree with what was done. but bakersfield police now say they're reviewing the call, a probe into possible criminal wrongdoing. this, as many are asking, could more have been done. >> i understand if your boss is telling you can't do it. >> yeah. >> but as a human being, is there anyone willing to help this lady and not let her die? >> um, not at this time. >> reporter: tonight, one state lawmaker is asking for a review of that 911 call. rudy solas says he is shocked by what he heard. meantime, the owners and operators of this facility who say they own the most senior facilities of anywhere in the country say they too are conducting a thorough investigation. brian? >> miguel almaguer starting us off in bakersfield, california tonight. miguel
Mar 5, 2013 5:30pm PST
states remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law and respect for human rights." there is supposed to be, under the constitution of venezuela, another election in 30 days. chavez was only sworn in on january 10th. he was re-elected in october. so, this does reopen the possibility for the opposition, but the designated heir is the vice president and the vice president certainly signaled today that he does not want a better relationship. only today, he expelled two u.s. diplomats, accusing them of spying and also said that the u.s. was responsible for chavez's is cancer. so that tells you that we do have some rough sledding ahead. brian? >> andrea mitchell in the middle east from doha, traveling with the secretary of state tonight. andrea, thanks. >>> and now to the news in this country today, starting with wall street, which today set a new all-time record. the dow jones industrial average rallied 125 points today to finish up at 14,253. that shatters the old record from '07. the blue chip stocks have now made back, in effect, all the losses from
Mar 8, 2013 5:30pm PST
bin laden's son-in-law, an accused plotter in the 9/11 attacks, pleaded not guilty to charges to conspiracy to kill americans. u.s. officials say he was captured in the middle east last week. prosecutors say he's been talking, giving a lengthy statement, perhaps. his court appearance not without controversy. some republicans say bringing him to stand trial in the u.s. is a mistake, because he's an enemy combatant, should be sent to guantanamo instead. >>> a sea of mourners turned out today for the funeral of hugo chavez in venezuela. among them, high-profile world leaders and a familiar face to a lot of americans. our report tonight from caracas and nbc's mark potter. >> reporter: the funeral drew presidents and diplomats from around the world. chavez ally castro of cuba, mahmud ahmadinejad from iran and leaders from just about every country in latin america. the u.s. sent a small, low-level delegation. the reverend jesse jackson spoke on his own. >> let there be peace between nations. >> reporter: chavez will lie in state for another week. already, hundreds of thousands of ve
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